Namestnikov officially filed for arbitration on Tuesday, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports. Despite the fact that Steven Stamkos is back and Namestnikov might not see a huge boost in his fantasy value, the Lightning still liked what they saw from the 23-year-old on the ice in his first full NHL season. He ended up taking part in 80 games, posting 14 goals and 21 assists. Namestnikov filed for arbitration after the two sides couldn't come to an agreement on an extension, so they'll each present they're own case to a neutral third party at the end of July in order to come to a mutually beneficial deal. Negotiating shouldn't halt in the meantime, though, so there's a chance Namestnikov still ends up agreeing to a contract prior to the hearings.
Namestnikov received a qualifying offer from Tampa Bay on Monday. Namestnikov performed well in his first full NHL season as he racked up 14 goals and 21 assists along with garnering 45 PIM. Despite the solid regular season, the center completely disappeared in the playoffs with a paltry three points in 17 contests. The 23-year-old could see increased ice time if the Lightning are unable to secure Steven Stamkos into 2016-17, which would increase his fantasy value.
Namestnikov sniped his 13th goal of the season in Tuesday's 6-2 victory over the Red Wings. The young playmaker has 31 points in 71 games this season and a plus-16 rating to go with it. Namestnikov is delivering depth value to fantasy owners this season, but we feel his game will take a solid jump in 2016-17. By then, he'll have learned through two postseasons and that experience should bring a maturity to his game. Remember Namestnikov for next year's draft.
Namestnikov bagged a goal in Sunday's win over the Blue Jackets. Namestnikov managed just one shot, but he found twine on it while also adding four penalty minutes in the win. The 23-year-old has found the back of the net twice in the last four games, but he hadn't scored before that since Jan. 19, so his fantasy value resides mainly in deeper formats.
Namestnikov (upper body) returned to the lineup Saturday and picked up an assist. Coach Jon Cooper eased him back into action with limited ice time (10:55). It could signal that Namestnikov isn't quite 100-percent, so his value may be restricted in the short term. As it stands, Namestnikov has just two assists in his last 10 games, so we'd stick him on the pine until his game wakes up.
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